An 18-year-old model with Down Syndrome named Madeline Stuart has landed a gig walking the runway during New York Fashion Week in September.
Stuart blasted the news on her Instagram page in a post with the caption: “Guess who is modelling in NY for New York Fashion Week xx.” While she’s not the first model with Down Syndrome to walk (actress Jamie Brewer modeled last year), it’s an achievement nonetheless.
E! News reports:
Stuart will be hitting the catwalk for FTL Moda on September 13, and it seems the brand is just as excited for the momentous occasion as she is. They shared the same image on their Facebook page, saying “It is with the utmost joy and pride that we announce Madeline Stuart’s participation in #FTLModa #NYFW #SS2016 presentation. Beautiful Madeline will brighten up the runway at the #VanderbiltHall on September 13th 2015. Stay tuned and RSVP!”
In addition to successfully booking FTL Moda, Stuart also has a campaign with EverMaya, which designed a handbag collection in her name.
Stuart’s mom Rosanne told Cosmo in an interview last week, “We will do modeling as long as Madeline wants to do it. I can’t see her wanting to stop because she loves being the center of attention and she’s getting more professional now. Madeline loves drama; she loves dance, performing. We’re just going to ride it out and see what happens! No expectations.”
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